Profile of Damien André, Large projects developer.
Hello Damien, first of all, could you describe your career?
My course of study has evolved through my meetings, experiences and travels.
After a DUT in electronics, I explored an artistic field with a master’s degree in film studies.
In 2007, a trigger was set in motion with the opening of the electricity markets to competition : that of renewable energies.
In 2008, I obtained a professional degree in Renewable Energy Science and Technology, which marked the beginning of my career in this field.
Over the last twelve years I have held various positions in different companies. Design office, project managers, sales engineer, then business developer at Amarenco.
Attracted by the world of agriculture, I obtained a farm manager’s certificate on Reunion Island, where I lived from 2014 to 2019.
Could you describe your position, your assignments at Amarenco?
I work in the Large Projects department with the aim of carrying out a wide variety of projects: ground-based power plants, floating power plants, agricultural greenhouses, aviaries, etc. From identifying the site to commissioning the power plant, it takes between 2 and 4 years of development work.
Within the team, I am a referent on the development of agrivoltaic projects, the idea being to make agriculture and renewable energy production coexist. This is an essential synergy for obtaining the town planning authorisations required for the construction of the plants. The work of studies and consultation is crucial between project leaders, whether private or institutional, to get this idea of dual land use accepted (when we know that agricultural land is decreasing each year in favour of concrete surfaces).
From the cartographer to the environmental studies referent, each team member brings his or her skills to the table.
Why did you choose to work at Amarenco?
I chose to work for Amarenco for many reasons:
- The company is positioned as a leader in its sector.
- The group’s ambition is to develop large projects, such as ground-based power plants or agrivoltaics.
- The working environment in Touny is atypical and very pleasant.
- Finally, Amarenco is present in overseas markets, including Reunion Island, where I have strong ties.
Little lighter touch: what are your passions in life?
At first I started with matchwood models, but I soon gave up…
More seriously, I’ve been doing Lindy Hop for about fifteen years, it’s a swing dance from the 1920’s/30’s (but don’t talk about it too much, my colleagues will ask me for a demo…).